CBS Evening News Segment On Grandma Also Available Online
The piece turned out great! Grandma was a bit unhappy that her national television debut featured a rare loss to yours truly at a round of Outlaw Golf 2. "That's journalism, though! They can't LIE!" I said, trying to console the half evil grin she shot may way.
"Yeah, they can't lie- BUT YOU COULD HAVE LET ME WIN!! You saw I was nervous. Fucker."
"Nah, they would have seen right through that. Besides, you did beat me in the next round. And you DID beat Richard Schlessinger at Time Crisis 2 or some such thing at the bowling alley."
"Then why did they show THAT one?!"
Our house last night was covered with snow for the first time this season, so it was a sharp contrast to the lush green garden bungalow you see in the segment. I just noticed also that Grandma was wearing the Lunar 2 t-shirt Vic Ireland with Working Designs sent over under her jacket. Also, if you pause the video at 0:16, you can just make out the names of the characters fighting Sephiroth in FFVII: "Crackhead, Dude, and Kitty."
After the segment aired on the East Coast and worked its way across the country, our phone kept ringing with family and friends of family asking Grandma how it felt to make Bob Schieffer laugh. On the full news program on air, Bob looks into the camera after the segment and says: "She doesn't look that old to ME..."
It was interesting to see the spike of traffic every 30 minutes for 4 hours as people turned to Google, MSN, and Yahoo to find out more about the woman. Every search was Old Grandma Hardcore, Gaming Grandma, Gamer Grandma, Video Game Grandma, Grandma Likes XBox CBS, MTV G-Hole Grandma, and "Barbara St. Hilaire." The article on CBS Evening News is more or less a transcript of the piece; you'll find the video just to the right and down a bit.
So... NOW lets see what happens!